Science in action: how telegraph cables revealed turbidity currents

The 1929 Grand Banks earthquake severed 12 transatlantic telegraph cables, but it took scientists more than two decades to identify the submarine avalanche that caused their destruction. In a new Visionlearning blog post, we explore this example of how coincidences can lead to new scientific discoveries.

The route of the 1858 transatlantic telegraph cable. Source: Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 21, 1858 (public domain).
The route of the 1858 transatlantic telegraph cable. Source: Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, August 21, 1858 (public domain).